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Stage 7: Millau - Lavaur 168 km
« on: September 03, 2020, 17:35 »
Stage 7: Millau - Lavaur  168 km

In the areas of Aveyron and Tarn where one doesn’t quite know what “flat” means, the roads are never easy. Other than the hilly course, before visiting Castres, the plans of the sprinters’ teams could be troubled by the wind that can be very strong in the region.
Watch this space............................







Weather at tomorrow's finish, returning more to high Summer.



That SE wind looks like it might just do the business.
Cross for a large section mid race, but cross tail all the way from Castres, as the route is slightly North of West.
So now the all important weather forecast for Castres......................



There may be trouble ahead. :shh :)
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    Re: Stage 7: Millau - Lavaur 168 km
    « Reply #1 on: September 03, 2020, 23:28 »
    There may be trouble ahead. :shh :)

    Here's hoping!  :cool :pray

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    Re: Stage 7: Millau - Lavaur 168 km
    « Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 12:30 »
    some echelons to spice things up would be very welcome indeed :cool.

    But even if not, it should be quite an interesting sprint, very fast, slightly downhill and with a tailwind, probably favoring the big, strong guys. #trek Mads Pedersen said that Trek has a bit of an edge due to the SRAM 10-tooth sprocket, but my technical knowledge is too non-existant to assess if this is really the case. We may see later on, I guess - recently winning the fast sprint in Poland could indicate that it indeed is.

    Let's just hope he doesn't end up waiting for Little Richie instead :D
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    Re: Stage 7: Millau - Lavaur 168 km
    « Reply #3 on: September 04, 2020, 21:23 »
     Well, where to start with today's stage? Boring, wasn't it. :D

    One day there’s a stage like day six, expected to be a big showdown among the top favourites , but which amounts to nothing. And the next there’s a stage like day seven, a relatively straightforward day on paper that instead explodes into life from the very beginning, offers up a breathless day of racing, that has for some, more of an impact on their GC hopes than several mountain stages combined.
    Bora-Hansgrohe took it upon themselves to make the race difficult, setting a brutal pace at the front of the peloton over the category three Côte de Luzençon. The object being to cull as many sprinters and possible and one in particular: Sam Bennett.
    It worked a treat...........well, right up until the sprint for the win, at least.
    No GC riders were dropped yet, but many were isolated from key domestiques, leaving them vulnerable in the final kilometres of the race if the wind was to blow.

    And the wind did blow. ( I think somebody mentioned that it might  :P :D)

    A cross-tailwind was the ideal direction for the breeze to blow the race to pieces, and what was left of the peloton was split into yet smaller pieces, with Tadej Pogačar  #uae and Mikel Landa  #bahrain the biggest names caught out.

    At the end of the day, Wout van Aert  #jumbo became the first repeat winner of this year’s Tour de France.
    At the finish, he produced a similar turn of speed that saw him win on Wednesday, and comfortably defeated Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT) and Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept).
    Meanwhile, Peter Sagan  #bora achieved his first objective of regaining the  #green but fail to capitalise on all his teams work by dropping his chain in sight of the line.

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